Univ.-Prof. Antonello Monti, Ph.D. –

Before joining RWTH in Aachen, Univ.-Prof. Antonello Monti, Ph.D. was Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Carolina (USA). During his tenure at USC he has been Associate Director of the Virtual Test Bed (VTB) project, which focuses on computational simulation and visualisation of modern power distribution systems that fully integrate power electronics into the network design. He has developed the real-time extension of VTB for Hardware in the Loop applications and has designed innovative tools supporting the automatic generation of VTB native models. He worked on expanding the limits of real-time simulation thanks to the application of PC clusters and FPGA technology. He was the director of the Real Time and Electromechanics Laboratory (REM Lab). He started his academic career at Politecnico di Milano after 4 years of industrial experience in Ansaldo Industria.

Dr. Hartmut Huang – “Power Electronics for Efficient Power Transmission”

Dr. Harmut Huang is an HVDC expert and currently working in an executive position in HVDC and Power Electronics business with Siemens Energy in Germany. He has taken key technical positions for several HVDC projects and has been deeply involved in many innovations in the area of HVDC and FACTS applications over last decades. Dr. Huang received the Dipl.-Ing. and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 1986 and 1992 respectively. He joined Siemens HVDC business in 1992 as a System Engineer for basic design and system studies. Later he became the manager of system engineering department within Siemens HVDC business and contributed to the success of a series of HVDC projects worldwide. Dr. Huang was one of first pioneers working on development of UHVDC technology at 800 kV DC and contributed to the design guidelines for UHVDC equipment in the Cigre Working Group B4-45. Since 2008 Dr. Huang is head of Technology and Innovation within Siemens business unit Transmission Solutions. During this time period he has put his focus on the development and commercialization of modular multilevel converter (MMC) for HVDC and STATCOM applications. In 2010 he and his team accomplished the worlds first VSC-HVDC scheme based on MMC technology. Since then he has been actively promoting and applying the MMC technologies for HVDC and FACTS applications. He was a member in Cigre WG B4-48 and contributed to the first guidelines for design and testing of MMC based VSC HVDC system. Dr. Huang is an IEEE Senior Member and an individual member of Cigre. He served as a Regular Member in Cigre Study Committee B4 “HVDC and Power Electronics” from 2004 to 2010. He has authored or coauthored more than 20 technical papers in the area of HVDC technology.

For his contribution and leadership in the development of Ultra High-Voltage Direct Current technology and multi-level converters for High-Voltage Direct Current VSC applications, Dr. Huang was awarded the 47th IEEE PES Uno Lamm HVDC Award.

Andreas John, Dr.-Ing. Anne-Katrin Marten – “Nuclear and fossil-fuel phase out in Germany – challenges and solutions from system operation perspective for a better, smarter and greener future”

Anne-Katrin Marten is responsible for the operational planning department at 50Hertz system operation and there for to integrate more than 60% of renewables for more than 18 Mio. people in all operational planning procedures. She received her Master of Science degree in Electrical Power and Control Engineering in 2011 from Technische Universität Ilmenau. Afterwards she joint the power system department at the same University and received her Ph.D. in Electrical Power Engineering in 2015 also in Ilmenau, which was awarded with several prizes such as Dr. Wilhelmy Award. Afterwards Anne-Katrin Marten joint 50Hertz system operation in 2016 where she had several positions in the conceptual department before her current role. During her scientific carer as well as during her first positions at 50Hertz system operation her focus was on operation of HVDC systems where the Master controller for Interconnector Operation (MIO) of the KF CGS HVDC project is one of her main achievements. Beside this she focused also a lot on congestion management and had a key role in the concept for TSO DSO coordination for Redispatch.

Andreas John graduated in Electrical Power Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund in 1995. After 2½ years at Siemens Business Services as Project Manager for Grid Information Systems, he joined ABB Switzerland in 1998 as Product and Sales Manager for Power Quality & FACTS with worldwide responsibility. After this position, he held various functions in management support, business development and marketing at ABB Headquarters. In 2004 and 2005, he was a member of the management team for Smart Metering and Demand Side Management at Enermet, before moving to Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke as Head of Transmission Grid. Andreas John’s next step was to manage the electricity market-opening project at Swissgrid, the Swiss TSO, where he took on the role of Managing Director in System Management in 2010. In 2017, Andreas John returned to ABB Headquarters in the role of Head of Marketing & Sales for the Power Grids Service Division. After 20 years in Switzerland, Andreas John moved to Berlin in November 2018, where he has since been working as Head of System Management at 50Hertz.